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web posted September 24, 2007

"Clinton defenders suggest that those who make comparisons between the sloppy vetting of Mrs. Clinton's 2008 campaign and her husband's 1996 [election-law violations] scandal are bigots because of the presence of Asian names in both cases... Nonsense. It shows that Team Clinton seems to have a recurring problem vetting its donors. It seems to have learned nothing from its 1996 experience, and just may be repeating it." -- John Fund

"I know my Republican opponents will try to equate healthcare for all Americans with government-run healthcare. Don't let them fool us again. This is not government-run." -- Hillary Clinton on her $110-billion-a-year, government-run proposal

"I want to know: Where exactly in the Constitution does it say that Mrs. Clinton has the power to dictate healthcare for all Americans? It's going to be a long battle, folks, because they're back, and they're going to go about it in a very stealth-like fashion this time rather than a comprehensive, do-it-all-at-once program like they tried last time." -- Rush Limbaugh

"The mismanagement of the effort [by Hillary Clinton] in 1993 and 1994 has set back our ability to move toward universal healthcare immeasurably. We've known what the problems have been for nearly 15 years, and what the solutions could be." -- Chris Dodd

"Power as an end in itself -- power because it's neat and makes people want to be around you and give you money and beg favors of you -- is the great temptation, the overpowering seducer of good men and good women." -- William Murchison

"MoveOn has been a cancer within the Democratic Party for years now, and not one leading Dem has had the guts to recommend surgery. Indeed, Democrats are terrified of the group's much-exaggerated power -- but, then, it's always been the illusion of power, the bravado, that put totalitarian minorities over the top." -- Ralph Peters

"In the days following Sept. 11, I realized we were in for a test of our strength, will and capacity to persist for decades in a harrowing task. But I never imagined that six years into the ordeal, we would remain so utterly divided in the face of a unique and little understood enemy." -- Tony Blankley

"I strongly disagree with [Elisabeth Hasselbeck's conservative] views. I think she's dangerous and offensive. I will not be on the same stage as her." -- singer Barry Manilow, refusing to be on "The View"

"'I don't feel no ways tired. I come too far from where I started from. Nobody told me that the road would be easy. I don't believe He brought me this far,' drawled presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, mimicking black voice to a black audience, at the First Baptist Church of Selma, Alabama. I'm wondering if Mrs. Clinton visits an Indian reservation she might cozy up to them saying, ‘How! Me not tired. Me come heap long way. Road mighty rough. Sky Spirit no bring me this far.' Or, seeking the Asian vote she might say, ‘I no wray tired. Come too far I started flum. Road berry clooked. Number one Dragon King take me far'." -- Walter Williams

"How do go from an also-ran to a contender? Follow the [Mike] Huckabee model. How do you go from a contender back to an also-ran? Follow the Huckabee model's second step: Call for a nation-wide smoking ban. Just because you've gotten healthy doesn't mean the nation, especially Republican primary voters, want to elect Richard Simmons." -- Jason Wright

"Bill Clinton is promoting his new book. In an interview, Former President Bill Clinton says although most people don't know it, Hillary has the best laugh. Bill added, ‘I get to hear it every time she pushes me down the stairs'." -- Conan O'Brien

"Hillary Clinton's campaign... hired more people to do criminal background checks on people who are tied to the campaign. So far the only criminals they've been able to identify are the candidate and her husband." -- Argus Hamilton

"A New Orleans prostitute has come forward and said she has had sex with married Louisiana Senator David Vitter two or three times a week over a four-month period. This is actually good news for the Republicans. Finally a sex scandal involving a woman. ... Senator Vitter is denying this woman's allegations. Who are you gonna believe, a U.S. senator or a hooker? I've gotta go with the hooker." -- Jay Leno

web posted September 17, 2007

"At the outset I would like to note that this is my testimony. Although I have briefed my assessment and recommendations to my chain of command, I wrote this testimony myself. It has not been cleared by, nor shared with, anyone in the Pentagon, the White House or the Congress until it was just handed out. As a bottom line up-front, the military objectives of the surge are in large measure being met." -- General David Petraeus

"The only hope in this war is to win it, no matter how much frustration, or division in Iraq (and America) and no matter how long it takes. Osama bin Laden knows the alternative. And he is willing to impose it on the entire world if we fail." -- Cal Thomas

"What is in the enemy's mind we cannot know for sure. What we do know -- what 9/11 made brutally clear -- is that we are at war. The enemy is in this till the finish. We had better be, too." -- Jeff Jacoby

"Agree or disagree with President Bush's policies in Iraq; there has got to be some degree of maturity, some level of statesmanship, some -- dare we say it? -- amount of patriotism coming from the leadership of the Democratic party. Yeah. Right." -- Rich Galen

"When it comes to the question of protecting Americans from Islamist terrorists, the Democrats have little to say, or nothing. Democratic candidates have mentioned Islamist terrorism only briefly or, more often, not at all in their several debates. In contrast, Republican candidates in their debates have more to say on the subject. On this issue, it is the Republican candidates who are in line not only with their primary electorate but also with most voters in the general election." -- George Will

"Those familiar with the Clinton response to scandal know the process by heart. It inevitably goes something like this: first, deny any wrongdoing; then explain it as a misunderstanding or bureaucratic mistake; when it is clear there is actual wrongdoing begin to stonewall and obfuscate; then move on to simultaneously attacking anyone who brings up the scandal and dismissing the issue as old news." -- Richard Collins

"It's getting close to the point where Osama bin Laden could deliver the keynote speech at the Democrat National Convention." -- Rush Limbaugh

"The closest John Edwards ever got to a military uniform was representing Fayetteville, NC, where Ft. Bragg is located, the home of the 82nd Airborne Division." -- Rich Galen

"The placidity of the domestic front diminishes the chosen rationale of the conflict: if a ‘war on terror' has no terror, who says there's a war at all? That's the argument of the left -- that it's all a racket cooked up by the Bushitlerburton fascists to impose on America a permanent national-security state in which, for dark sinister reasons of his own, Dick Cheney is free to monitor your out-of-state phone calls all day long." -- Mark Steyn

"Today, when America's enemies speak, young liberal journalists cover their ears and go LA LA LA LA LA!" -- James Taranto

"Chris Matthews opened his ‘Hardball' program on Aug. 28 by saying Larry Craig had been ‘exposed as both a sexual deviant and a world-class hypocrite.' Normally, using the word ‘deviant' in reference to any form of sodomy would be a linguistic crime worse than calling someone a ‘nappy headed ho.' Luckily, Craig is a Republican. As a backup precaution, Matthews has worked to ensure that there is virtually no audience for ‘Hardball.' I shudder to think of the damage such a remark might have done if uttered about a non-Republican on a TV show with actual viewers." -- Ann Coulter

"n his latest video, Osama bin Laden urges all Americans to reject democracy and convert to Islam. Well, I can see that happening! Is this guy living in a cave? ... No, bin Laden said he wants Americans to convert to Islam because there are no taxes in his world. Which is true. There's also no music, no ice, no books... And from the looks of bin Laden, no toothpaste or deodorant either." -- Jay Leno

web posted September 10, 2007

"That will automatically give the Republicans an advantage again, no matter how badly they have mishandled it, no matter how much more dangerous they have made the world, and so I think I'm the best of the Democrats to deal with that as well." -- Hillary Clinton on what would happen if the U.S. where hit by another terrorist attack

"Senator [Chris] Dodd is putting the election prospects of the Democratic Party next year ahead of whether or not President Bush might be guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors of a kind which would mandate his removal from office." -- CNN's Jack Cafferty, complaining that censorship and/or impeachment of the President are not taking hold

"I think the secret weapon for Senator Clinton, if she is the Democratic nominee, is not simply... the perceived shortcomings of her opponent. I think you'll see on the part of right-wing radio -- conservative talk, however you want to call it -- such overkill that it will make her, transform her into a figure of sympathy by a majority of people." -- PBS' Mark Shields

"If we wore our politics on our sleeves in here, I have no doubt that in this and in most other mainstream newsrooms in America, the majority of those sleeves would be of the same color: blue... That is not particularly surprising, given how people make career decisions and that social service and activism is a primary driver for many journalists." -- David Boardman, Seattle Times

"Al-Qaida, and its associates and sympathizers throughout the Islamic world and beyond, understand very well what is at stake in Iraq and Afghanistan -- and what a glorious opportunity an American defeat there would give them. Do we?" -- Paul Greenberg

"What was lost in Vietnam was not just a war but American credibility... And, as Iran reminds us, the enduring legacy of the retreat from Vietnam was the emboldening of other enemies." -- Mark Steyn

"Illegals are responsible for an estimated 1,800 to 2,500 murders each year in the United States... At the lowest estimate, every two years illegals murder almost as many Americans as jihadists in Iraq have killed in the entire war. Instead of bringing the troops home, how about sending the illegals home?" -- Don Feder

"It's bad enough that so many non-citizens freely break this country's duly enacted laws. But when they feel that they can break our laws openly and without consequence, they have to go. Or all respect for the law will go." -- Debra Saunders

"Did you know that when a patient is diagnosed with cancer in the United States, it takes an average of four weeks to begin treatment? It's 10 months in the United Kingdom. It's called ‘rationing of care.' That's what you get with national health care. When government rations the care, that means bureaucrats are making medical decisions." -- Sen. Tom Coburn

"According to the Statesman, the blogger who ‘outed' [Sen. Larry] Craig did so in order to ‘nail a hypocritical Republican foe of gay rights.' But there is nothing hypocritical about someone who is homosexual, believes homosexuality is wrong, and keeps his homosexuality under wraps. To the contrary, he is acting consistent with his beliefs. If he has furtive encounters in men's rooms, that is an act of weakness, not hypocrisy." -- James Taranto

"I will not allow any of my department heads or anyone associated with this city to cooperate in any way, shape or form with these raids [of illegal aliens]. We are a sanctuary city, make no mistake about it." -- San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom

"In 2004, John Edwards was Mr. Congeniality, for no other reason than that seemed the market niche for him in the race. Today, he is the angry populist, for no other reason than that seems the market niche for him in the race." -- Rich Lowry

"I do not believe it necessary to amend the Constitution frequently but there are times when an amendment is justified. One such amendment should prohibit politicians from using the phrase ‘I'm going back to my home state to be with my family'." -- Paul Weyrich

"James Carville sent out a mass e-mail seeking the ‘bumper sticker slogan' that will carry the Dems through the 2008 elections. I worked on a few of my own: ‘Vote early, vote often. Que pasa?' and, ‘LBJ's Great Society: one more decade oughta do it'." -- Rush Limbaugh

"The Democratic National Committee Saturday voided Florida's Democratic primary and stripped the state of its convention delegates. Florida will hold a primary but their votes won't count. That should get them in practice for the general election." -- Argus Hamilton

"After months of scandals and political pressure, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales announced he's going to resign. Gonzales said, ‘There comes a time when a man should resign, and that time for me was last January'." -- Conan O'Brien

"While conservative Republicans have to live and die politically by the moral standards most Americans believe to be a reasonable code of personal behavior, Democrats have no standards for personal conduct." -- Doug Patton

"Once you become a liberal, you can wax eloquent on the glories of the public schools while sending your kids to private school. You can wax prolix about the greedy rich while making a fortune on the side. You can even use the government to impose your values willy-nilly, from racial quotas and confiscatory tax rates to draconian environmental policies and sex-ed for grade-schoolers -- all of which will paid for in part by people who disagree with you." -- Jonah Goldberg

"[P]oliticians gave us the idea that the things we could not afford individually we could somehow afford collectively through the magic of government." -- Thomas Sowell

"We need to remember that just as we are, our representatives are human. It is up to God to judge them in the end; our duty is to try to find the people who, despite their flaws, can run this country well." -- Armstrong Williams

"Do you ever get the feeling that at this point Washington is run by two rival gangs that have a great deal in common with each other, including an essential lack of interest in the well-being of the turf on which they fight?" -- Peggy Noonan

"What better way to show our appreciation for the First Amendment than by exercising it to defend the Second Amendment?" -- Alan Gottlieb

"The argument for gun control has always been based more on utopian visions than empirical facts. That, and the Left simply does not trust an armed citizenry." -- David Niedrauer

"The lesson is this: if you fail to fight a war in a manner calculated to win it decisively, you will lose it inevitably... Stop thinking about how to not lose. Think about how to win." -- Jed Babbin

"The administration, this time relying on Gen. David Petraeus to play the Colin Powell role, has had remarkable success creating the perception that the ‘surge' is succeeding, even though there s not a shred of verifiable evidence to suggest that it is." -- The New York Times' Paul Krugman

"No one has alleged any wrongdoing by the Clinton campaign."  -- NBC's Lisa Myers on fishy Clinton donations from a fugitive from justice

"He is not a left wing guy." -- Bill Maher on John Edwards

"It requires that everybody be covered. It requires that everybody get preventive care. If you are going to be in the system, you can't choose not to go to the doctor for 20 years. You have to go in and be checked and make sure that you are OK." -- John Edwards on his universal-healthcare plan

"Mexico does not end at its borders... Where there is a Mexican, there is Mexico... We strongly protest the unilateral measures taken by the U.S. Congress and government that have only persecuted and exacerbated the mistreatment of Mexican undocumented workers." -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon

"Public men and women of hard-won, well-understood substance aren't in oversupply right now, and the question is why? Why so many Kerrys and Doles and Dukakises, not to mention Trent Lotts, Harry Reids, Chuck Schumers, Chuck Hagels and Barbara Boxers? Why, Lord?" -- Bill Murchison

"Speaking at a forum organized by Lance Armstrong on cancer research, Hillary Clinton told Chris Matthews if she were elected president, she would declare war on cancer, then she would support the war on cancer for two years, then she would be against it for a year, then she would back out of it all together." -- Jay Leno

"Fred Thompson's eight-year record (in the U.S. Senate) is generally pro-growth with an excellent record on entitlement reform and school choice and a very good record on taxes, regulation and trade. His belief in a limited federal government is demonstrated by his numerous votes against government intrusion in the private sector and increased federal spending. Thompson consistently voted against increased spending and new government projects, at times, one of only a handful of senators to do so." -- Club for Growth president Pat Toomey

"The violence in Anbar has gone down despite the surge, not because of the surge. The inability of American soldiers to protect these tribes from al-Qaida said to these tribes, ‘We have to fight al-Qaida ourselves.' It wasn't that the surge brought peace here. It was that the warlords took peace here, created a temporary peace here." -- Sen. Chuck Schumer



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